Guided sightseeing and ancestral tours of Scotland

Borders Journeys provide private and small group guided sightseeing and ancestral tours of Scotland specialising in Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders. Your tailor-made ancestral tour will discover and connect you to your Scottish ancestors.

Borders Journeys - Tailor made private guided sightseeing and ancestral tours of Scotland. Specialising in Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders.
Borders Journeys - Tailor made private guided sightseeing and ancestral tours of Scotland. Specialising in Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders.

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Lauren Visits Rosslyn Chapel and Traquair House

Rosslyn Chapel - Ian & Lauren 3We were delighted to host international travel blogger Lauren Meshkin from Bon Voyage Lauren for four days recently.

Following two days visiting the historic visitor attractions of Edinburgh, we spent the day visiting Rosslyn Chapel and Traquair House.

Rosslyn Chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 as a Catholic Collegiate Church for the Sinclair family. Described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone”, virtually every surface of the building is covered in carvings. In 2003, Dan Brown’s detective-murder story The Da Vinci Code set the chapel at the heart of a grand religious conspiracy; the chapel was also used as part of the set for the 2006 Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ film of the book.

A special thanks must be given to Ian Gardiner who provided Lauren with a private tour and interview. Afterwards, we were privileged be granted an audience by William the chapel cat!

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Castle & William

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Castle & William the chapel cat along with Tweed

Traquair House dates from 1109 is Scotland’s oldest continually inhabited house and has been visited by 27 Scottish Kings and Queens including Mary, Queen of Scots. The house is home to the Bear Gates which were reputedly locked behind Bonnie Prince Charlie when he left Traquair in 1745 on his way south to regain the British Throne for the Stuart Royal family. The gates won’t be unlocked and opened until a Stuart is restored to the throne.

A special thanks must be given to Catherine Maxwell Stuart , the 21st lady Laird of Traquair, who provided us with a private tour of the house along with an interview. Following a tour of the house and grounds we had a delicious lunch in the 1745 Cottage Restaurant.

Traquair House

Traquair House

If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

More photographs of Lauren’s visit to Rosslyn Chapel and Traquair House tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

Following her visits to Rosslyn Chapel and Traquair House, Lauren wrote a wonderful article ‘My Top 3 day Trips From Edinburgh’ which is available on her Bon Voyage Lauren Blog.

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